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Metro-North derailment in Milford

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Metro-North derailment in Milford

By Chris Velardi

(Milford-WTNH)

 

An engine and three cars from a Metro-North train derailed on Thursday afternoon and four people were taken to the hospital.

 

[imga=right]http://www.nyctransitforums.com/forums/images/m-n_derail_1.jpg[/imga]Officials say two crew members and two passengers were checked at area hospitals after complaining of pain. The derailment happened on the Waterbury line around 1:45 p.m. when a northbound train went off the tracks near 999 Naugatuck Ave, about 1/4 of a mile from the main New Haven line tracks. Neither the diesel locomotive nor any of the cars overturned. They remain upright. The cause is under investigation.

 

As many as 40 people were on board the train. We don't know how serious the injuries are, but some of the passengers have been taken to the hospital for examination.

 

[imga=right]http://www.nyctransitforums.com/forums/images/m-n_derail_2.jpg[/imga]According to state police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance, there was apparently a mis-aligned switch and something doesn't look right, so the state police train unit and the agents from the FBI are heading to the scene.

 

Passengers who were not hurt were being put on buses.

 

The train was headed from Bridgeport to Waterbury. The incident does not affect the main New Haven line. About 250 people use the Bridgeport-to-Waterbury commuter rail line on any given day.

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Thats a shame. I hope there is some follow-up or update on this. I'm interested to see how the passengers are and what caused it.

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Thats a shame. I hope there is some follow-up or update on this. I'm interested to see how the passengers are and what caused it.

 

A misaligned switch and they're investigating four more like it installed recently.

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A misaligned switch and they're investigating four more like it installed recently.

 

Thanks for the info. It's smart of them to check others that are the same. I hope they can prevent another accident from happening. Luckily, here, the only train derailments that have ever happened (speaking recently) have been caused by careless MOW equipment being left in improper places. Glad we have no known faulty switching gear!

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